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U.S. to send 1,400 extra troops to Afghanistan: report

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:13 am

The United States plans to send 1,400 additional Marines to Afghanistan to boost its combat forces ahead of the spring fighting season, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.


The United States, which led a 2001 invasion of Afghanistan that toppled the Taliban, has about 100,000 troops in the country, and President Barack Obama is under pressure to show results so he can begin a promised withdrawal this year.

A U.S. Marine patrols with a member of an Afghan border guard unit in the desert of the lower Helmand River valley, in southern Afghanistan in this July 1, 2009 file photo

“The Marine battalion could start arriving on the ground as early as mid-January. The forces would mostly be deployed in the south, around Kandahar, where the U.S. has concentrated troops over the past several months.” the paper said. It cited unnamed officials.


The Taliban are at their strongest since they were ousted form power, although operations against the insurgency have intensified since 2008. More than 700 foreign troops were killed in Afghanistan last year, and civilian casualties were at record levels.


Obama said last month that enough progress was being made in the campaign to meet his pledge to start withdrawing U.S. troops by July and hand over security to Afghan forces by 2014.

Source: SGGP

Nearly 1,400 delegates for 11th Party Congress

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:20 am




Nearly 1,400 delegates for 11th Party Congress


QĐND – Thursday, December 23, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

The 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) will open at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi on January 12, 2011 and is expected to last for nine days.


The information was released by Pham Xuan Son, Deputy Head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for External Affairs, in Hanoi on December 22, at a conference preceding the event to inform diplomatic corps and international organisations in Vietnam.


This is an important political event of the Vietnamese Party, State and people, Mr Son said, adding that it is expected to draw the participation of nearly 1,400 delegates who represent more than 3.6 million Party members in 54,000 grassroots Party organisations.


Besides a strong contingent of local journalists, more than 150 foreign reporters from international news agencies will cover the event, he said.


The congress will discuss and approve a political report by the CPV Central Committee (tenth tenure), a report reviewing the 20-year implementation of the platform on national construction in the transition to socialism, and a detailed draft report that sums up the implementation of the 2011-2010 national socio-economic development strategy.


It is also expected to give approval to the platform on national construction in the transition to socialism (revised and supplemented in 2011), the 2011-2020 national socio-economic development strategy as well as the amended Party Statute.


The congress will elect a new CPVCC for the 11th tenure of 2011-2015, the highest body of the CPV leadership between the two congresses.


The entire Party members and Vietnamese people of all strata, including those living abroad – actively contributed comments to draft documents for submission to the 11th National Party Congress.


On the basis of the high consensus and determination of the whole Party, people and army during the discussion and formulation of the Congress’s documents, the CPV defined the theme of the 11th National Party Congress as follows: “Continuing to strengthen the Party’s leadership and combative capacity, promoting the aggregate strength of the entire nation, stepping up the renewal comprehensively and creating a foundation for Vietnam to become a modern industrialised country by 2020”.


In the next five years, Vietnam strives to attain a GDP growth rate of 7-8 percent per year with a per-capita income reaching US$2,100 in 2015, 1.7 times higher than that of 2010.


According to Mr. Son, the CPV affirms its intention to continue using Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh thoughts as its ideological foundation.


Vietnam is consistent in the path of national development towards socialism and implementing a foreign policy of independence, self-control, peace, cooperation and development; multilateralisation and diversification of relations; taking the initiative in international integration; and becoming a friend, a reliable partner and a responsible member of the international community for the interests of the nation and for a rich and powerful Socialist Republic of Vietnam.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Providing 400 tonnes of rice and 1,000 cows to central flood victims

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm

HCMC welcomes 400,000 foreign visitors

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm




HCMC welcomes 400,000 foreign visitors


QĐND – Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Ho Chi Minh City is expected to receive about 400,000 international visitors in October, up by 50% compared to the same period last year and 130,000 foreign tourists compared to the last month’s figure, according to the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


Most of the 320,000 visitors to HCMC in this month, travelled by air.


In the first 10 months of this year, HCMC welcomed 2.6 million foreign visitors, up by 25% compared to last year’s figure.


The city hopes to receive the 3,000,000th international tourist at the end of this year by organising a lot of interesting activities for visitors.


The city’s tourism sector is focusing on developing river tourism, organising art performance programs and completing the program “Ho Chi Minh City and its 100 interesting things”.


Source: HNM


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

400,000 rural workers to receive vocational training this year

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 8:51 am




400,000 rural workers to receive vocational training this year


QĐND – Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

A total of 400,000 people will benefit from the first year of a vocational training scheme for rural workers until 2020, said the General Department of Vocational Training (GDVT) of the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs.


Around 12,000 of the beneficiaries are disadvantaged rural workers and ethnic people. Eighty percent of them are expected to get jobs after training.


GDVT Deputy Head Cao Van Sam said that three vocational training models are being applied in target areas, which combine job training with the development of existing or new craft villages, and the building of material zones.


The general department has collaborated with enterprises, industrial zones and vocational schools to help rural workers acquire necessary skills to work in industry and services or local industrial and export processing zones.


At a recent conference on vocational training for rural workers in the northern province of Nam Dinh, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan requested that training should be started in all target communes before the end of coming October. All districts must have officials in charge of the task, he said.


The 26 trillion VND scheme, which was approved by the Government in November 2009, aims to provide vocational training to more than 1 million rural workers each year from now until 2020.


According to the ministry, the rate of rural workers receiving vocational training is now standing at 18.7 percent, as against the national rate of 25 percent.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

400 Vietnamese infected with tuberculosis daily: doctor

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 8:48 am

Tuberculosis patients treated in the National Tuberculosis Hospital

Vietnam has more 400 tuberculosis patients and 55 die from the disease a day, a health official said.


Dinh Ngoc Sy, director of the National Tuberculosis Hospital, said the country stands at 12 among 22 nations that have highest number of patients with the disease.


Around 1.67 per cent of the population is at risk of infecting the disease. Recent studies by the hospital have revealed that more young people are now suffering from the disease, said Dr. Sy, adding that unhealthy lifestyle of young generation or young men get HIV virus.

Source: SGGP

RoK’s exports surpass 400 billion USD

In Uncategorized on December 9, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Seoul (VNA) – Up to December 8, the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s exports have surpassed 400 billion USD, bringing the country’s total trade to over 800 billion USD.

The 400 billion-USD figure increases by 4000 times than that of the 100 million-USD-milestone gained by the country in 1964, said the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), who lit up a signboard at COEX trade centre in southern Seoul on December 8 to mark the event.

According to KITA, the RoK is exporting more than 8,500 items of goods to over 200 countries over the world. Key items include ships, telecommunication equipment, automobiles, petrochemical products, semi-conductors…

Even though overseas markets will shrink and competition for export will get fiercer next year amid the global economic slump, the RoK will weather the economic storm and find new opportunities in the crisis if the government and businesses work together, KBS quoted Knowledge Economy Minister Lee Yoon-ho as saying at the above ceremony.

Last year, the RoK’s trade turnover surpassed 700 billion USD, ranking 11th in the world. –

Rubber exports near 400,000 tonnes

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2008 at 12:45 pm







Dry rubber is processed for export at Truong Anh Co in the central province of Quang Tri. About 80 per cent of domestic rubber has been exported to 40 countries and territories. — VNA/VNS Photo Hong Hoa

HA NOI — Viet Nam exported 383,000 tonnes of rubber during the first eight months of this year, a year-on-year decrease of 10 per cent, according to the General Statistics Office.


However, the export turnover reached more than US$1 billion, a year-on-year rise of 30 per cent due to the 42 per cent increase in the price of exported rubber.


The Ministry of Industry and Trade predicted that the rubber industry would export 780,000 tonnes of rubber this year, equivalent to about $1.45 billion, up 4 per cent in output and 2.3 per cent in value.


Many experts in this field, however, said that 2008’s rubber export turnover could reach $1.7 billion, up 21.6 per cent over last year thanks to favourable price conditions.


During the first week of August, Viet Nam’s export price of rubber increased by $181 per tonne compared to the figure in early July, reaching an average price of $3,012 per tonne.


According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s report, approximately 80 per cent of domestic rubber has been exported to 40 countries and territories worldwide, including China, South Korea, Russia, Taiwan, the US, Japan and Germany.


The Ministry of Industry and Trade has also raised targets for rubber exports and plans to expand the market well beyond China, Viet Nam’s largest buyer of unprocessed rubber products


Viet Nam ranks fourth in the world in rubber exports, after Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, but the ministry believes the country can increase the quantity and quality of rubber exports.


The International Rubber Study Group predicted that supply and demand would balance on the international rubber market in 2008, with consumption at 9.84 million tonnes and supply at 9.85 million tonnes.


The fluctuation in price has been largely attributed to the fact that world-leading rubber producers such as Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have suffered natural calamities. As a result, their outputs have dropped dramatically, while the demand for natural rubber in large markets such as China, the US, Japan, and some European countries has been quite stable.


The Ministry of Industry and Trade said that the slow development of the economy worldwide would markedly affect demand for tyres, causing the price of natural rubber to drop. Most of the world’s rubber is used in tyres.


However, natural rubber prices are predicted to decrease only modestly as rubber storage in some countries with large consumption has dipped sharply due to preciously high prices. The drop in price would likely promote purchases. —